SemBioSys, Genetics Inc

SemBioSys Announces Successful Outcome of Personal Care Product Appeal Proceedings at the European Patent Office

    Calgary, Canada, November 3 (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - Canadian Biotechnology Company's Intellectual Property Position Strengthened by Decision

    TSX symbol: SBS

    SemBioSys Genetics Inc. (TSX: SBS), a biotechnology company developing a  broad pipeline of protein-based pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceutical  products today announced that it has received notification that the Appeal  Board of the European Patent Office (EPO) has fully revoked European Patent  EP 0 680 750 B1 in the name of Yves Rocher relating to the use of oilbodies  in the manufacture of cosmetics. SemBioSys' DermaSphere(R) Oleosome  Technology is protected by U.S. Patent 6,146,645 and related patents, as  well as European Patent Application 98922563.6.

    "We believe this favourable decision confirms and clarifies our dominant intellectual property position related to the DermaSphere(R) Oleosome Technology. We place a great deal of importance on properly protecting our novel oilbody-oleosin technology and this is reflected by  the comprehensive patent portfolio we have been able to establish," said  Andrew Baum, President and CEO of SemBioSys Genetics Inc.

    About DermaSphere(R) Oleosome Technology

    The DermaSphere(R) Oleosome Technology was developed by SemBioSys Genetics Inc. and is based on a natural oil-in-water emulsion derived from  plant oilseeds. The emulsion is comprised of naturally occurring oil  droplets called oleosomes, in which the oil is surrounded by a shell of  phospholipids and unique proteins called oleosin. The oleosome core  provides emolliency, occlusivity and anti-oxidant effects, and the outer  shell provides emulsifying properties. An oleosome emulsion can be used as  the entire non-active portion of the oil phase of a typical cosmetic formulation. With this technology, cosmetic formulations can be prepared  under "cold process" conditions, enabling significant savings in time,  energy and inventory management. These unique attributes of the DermaSphere (R) oleosomes allow the technology to be used in a wide range of  applications including moisturizing creams, sunscreens, ointments, lotions,  eye-care products as well as many others.

    About SemBioSys Genetics Inc. (

    Calgary, Alberta-based SemBioSys Genetics Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on the development, commercialization and production of  biopharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceutical products based on its plant  genetic engineering skills and proprietary oilbody-oleosin technology  platform - the Stratosome(TM) Biologics System. Its two lead pharmaceutical  product candidates are insulin and a developmental cardiovascular drug  called Apo AI. It also has a series of non-pharmaceutical products  addressing animal and aquaculture health, nutritional oils and human  topical markets. SemBioSys currently has funded partnership agreements with  Martek Biosciences Corporation, Lonza Inc. and Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words "believe", "may", "plan ", "will", "estimate", "continue", "anticipate", "intend", "expect" and  other similar expressions which constitute "forward-looking information"  within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, which reflect  the Company's current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a  number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve  risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, changing market  conditions, the successful and timely completion of clinical studies, the  establishment of corporate alliances, the impact of competitive products  and pricing, new product development, uncertainties related to the  regulatory approval process and other risks detailed from time-to-time in  the Company's ongoing filings with the Canadian securities regulatory  authorities which filings can be found at Given these risks  and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on  such forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result  of new information, future events or otherwise.

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